Are we fucking there yet? James, byname of Phyllis Dorothy James White, Baroness James of Holland Park, born August 3, 1920, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England—died November 27, 2014, Oxford , British mystery novelist best known for her fictional detective Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard. I want my children and my children's children to fight for a better future. A very realistic and graphic childbirth scene occurs. This is one of the darknest Dystopian books that I have ever read, but it can certainly change the way you think and it can definitely convince you to reevaluate your life and your aims. The human race has become infertile, and the last generation to be born is now adult. Women who would never have children start pushing dolls around in prams as if they were babies or having their cats christened. Humanity is left to live it's remaining years in relative peace and quiet.
James tells her tale with third person narration and the use of her main character's journal entries. They end up baptizing cats and dolls and such. Is one better than the other? The first half is all clandestine meetings of the dissidents and background into Theo's boyhood relationship to Xan. Here is certainly a world ending not with a bang but a whimper, and the film serves as a cautionary warning. Twenty five years before the story begins the Human race loses the ability to reproduce and there you are. Initially the Warden views these dissidents as something of a joke but soon something momentous happens which causes Theo, Julian and her dissident friends to go on the run.
Non sono una buona lettrice di gialli quindi non conosco l'opera di P. And I would have liked the main character Theo to behave a bit more honorably. But I'll let it stand as a reminder of my errors, and how much I have learned since then. Whether she was describing the deranged women who christened kittens and nurture dolls, repulsive senile elderly women, psychopathic, ugly female leaders or the devout but brainless Julian. Humanity is left to live it's remaining years in rel Rating: 3. During the last half though, I thought that the dialog between the characters was often silly and unrealistic, and their motivations did not seem to me to match the environment around them.
James could have cut out the sterility angle of the novel, and ended up with the same book. While the basic premise remains the same, many of the events—and pretty much the entire meaning of the novel—were altered for the film. Modern medicine and technology has removed so much of the risk for so many people. Il tema dell'estinzione si congiunge anche a delle riflessioni sulla questione del potere. The detailed inclusion of geopolitical, psychological and economic impacts of such a cataclysmic event are well- thought out. The human race has become infertile, and the last generation to be born is now adult.
The most interesting part of the book was the description of how the human population dealt with global infertility. One of my favorite passages described how some infertile women had been driven insane, and treated dolls as real children. Dark, intense and violent, Children of Men is most certainly not for kids -- and even most teens. On his return, he finds the revolution has continued in his absence. This is one of the darknest Dystopian books Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Depressing. The novel was published in 1992. Modern medicine and technology has removed so much of the risk for so many people.
James does go on about things like the decor of Theo's house and the political makeup of her futuristic England. The character of Theo is the polar opposite of the character of the same name portrayed by Clive Owen in the movie version. It wasn't until the final chapter that I really cared what happened. Then it turns into a road story not without parallels, though fleeting, to Cormac McCarthy's. I thought it was brilliant, exciting, suspenseful and terrifying all at once.
I am finding it hard to rate this book. James is best known for her crime fiction novels mostly featuring defective detective Adam Dalgliesh who is also a poet. Nevertheless there is sufficient violence and craziness and survivalist mentalities employed to keep everyone happy. But I just really couldn't bring myself to care. If only the source material lived up to the grandeur of the film. Dystopian films also appeal so when I watched Children of Men several years back I was impressed enough to think that I would one day read the book.
How do you balance daily life with thoughts or fears about greater social problems like war or environmental pollution? One star gets deducted from what would otherwise be a five-star rev I'm a sucker for apocalypse novels, so maybe I'm not the most objective reviewer, but this one rocked me. However, none contained as much violence and carnage as Men was able to display in lengthy shots that required days of orchestration to time explosions, bullets, motorcycles and charging counterrevolutionaries. I like to consider myself pretty well-read and aware, but sometimes a huge kick in the head can come out of nowhere. My enthusiasm is earnest and I won't use the required umpteen! I would have felt let down if the movie had a more decisive outcome; it is about the struggle, not the victor, and the climax in my opinion is open-ended. It's not that it was badly written. Overall, I regret reading it and wouldn't recommend it, although readers who enjoyed or both excellent books with similar themes may find something to enjoy here. If the general tone of a United Kingdom under the sort of eschatologically despotic government depicted initially strikes one as being a bit too placid and routine, perhaps, with the end date of the human race so signally visible and neither the atheistic nor religious segment of the populace able to claim aught but defeat from the definitive sign of a God's grace which either never existed in the first place, or has clearly been removed with extreme prejudice, James actually managed to find the pulse of the weary, apathetic torpor that would be engendered, replete with zero tolerance for any overt acts of criminality and a keenly felt desire to ensure that the imminent extinction of humanity was accompanied by a great deal of cheap, mindless fun.
I didn't care to bring children into this world, and at the time, I hated the world pretty much entirely, so I got struck against the back of my head after reading this and I haven't really been the same, since. I liked this book better, the second time around. James is best known for her crime fiction novels mostly featuring defective detective Adam Dalgliesh who is also a poet. Introverted, selfish asshole historians to be duller still. . It's a beautifully written, very cleverly constructed novel of ideas that also features a well-developed main character.